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Wife's illness almost dashes Olympic dream for Tucson-born skater

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Tucson may be known for it's dry desert but it now also has a local connection to the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

Figure skater, Chris Knierim, was born in the Old Pueblo. But his journey to the Olympics has not been a easy one.

Chris and his wife Alexa have always found strength in each other. They have been skating together since 2012 and say they had instant chemistry from the start. Last year the two were married but as the started a life together Alexa was fighting for her life. 

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The 26 year old was also having episodes of vomiting that lasted 10 to 12 hours every few days while her partner and husband watched. Unable to eat Alexa lost 20 pounds. It took 10 doctors before she was diagnosed with a life-threatening gastrointestinal condition and while the pair had to put their skating on hold, with her husband by her side 

Somehow, just 11 months after three surgeries and difficult rehabilitation Alexa and Chris are not only skating, they won Nationals and are now skating at the 2018 Olympics. 

The couple says they would be certainly happy to have gold they are already more than happy with just a life with each other.

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